Posted by on 01/23/00
GARRY DOUGHTY BUILDER FEATURE RACE
Luckily the early overcast windy weather cleared to a clear sky with only slight winds for the Feature race.
What could have been a rather leisurely 37.5km scratch race was turned into a hell for leather series of extreme efforts by the inclusion of five intermediate sprints and four king of the mountain (KOM) sprints.
Chris Brown was the know sprinter in A grade but to overcome that Brendan Cato kept breaking away before the sprint lines to take out maximum points. Brown triumphed in the KOM and Yallah sprints but Cato took the honours at Huntley. The two didn't have it all their own way with Frank Tortorici getting in amongst the points as well. The final result was Brown, Cato and Tortorici.
B grade was a very tight affair with two riders being on the same points for second place and three being tied for forth place. Paul Bradburn won the KOM points from Paul Blackwood who just edged out Raf Moriana but Moriana reversed the order at the Huntley sprints. Dave Gray won the Yallah sprints from Aaron Reading and Anthony DeBoer. Overall it was Moriana, Blackburn, Bradburn, Gray, DeBoer and Terry Wall.
Dylan Forbes showed his form in C grade by taking maximum points at Huntley for both sprints, enabling him to be a clear winner. Joe Pereira was second on both occasions. Phil Cuifo showed his climbing prowess on the KOM sprints by winning three of the four. The Yallah sprints were very evenly spread around between the riders with no one rider dominating. The point's winners were Forbes from Cuifo and Pereira.
Josh Wall and Darren Baxter had a close tussle in the D grade race. Wall took the honours in the KOM competition but Baxter had his measure in the sprints. While the two were fighting each other up front Max Baker was quietly collecting the minor placings. Baxter took the overall win from Wall with Baker third.
Next Sunday's race is a criterium at Warilla.
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